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The Resurgence of Drive-Throughs

Dining areas in many fast food restaurants are being replaced with added drive-thru lanes, another post-pandemic impact on our lives benefiting those with four wheels (or more).

November 13, 2023 - The New York Times

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Study: How To Make Transit Safer

A new report recommends boosting ‘ambassador programs,’ improving reliability and frequency, and supporting more anti-harassment initiatives.

October 26, 2023 - Streetsblog San Francisco

White and red Cruise autonomous car on San Francisco street with concrete Brutalist-style building in background on grey, rainy day.

California Grounds Cruise Autonomous Fleet

In the wake of serious pedestrian injuries and a federal investigation, state agencies have barred the driverless taxi company from continuing to operate.

October 25, 2023 - CALmatters

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Sioux Falls Downtown Plan Targets Mobility, Safety, Community

The South Dakota city is taking public input on its proposal for improving transportation, job opportunities, and culture downtown.

July 27, 2023 - Dakota News Now

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Louisiana Town Sets Permanent Curfew for Walking and Biking

Public perceptions about noise and drugs have led the city of Kaplan in Louisiana to prohibit walking and biking at night.

July 13, 2023 - KLFY

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A Child’s Eye View of the City

A new VR tool invites urban planners to viscerally understand how a small child experiences the urban realm—with less-than-ideal results.

April 26, 2023 - Fast Company

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Seattle Downtown Plan Focuses on Public Safety, Programming

The mayor issued a 12-point plan for improving safety, developing services for people struggling with addiction, and revitalizing downtown spaces.

April 18, 2023 - Crosscut

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Report: American Downtowns Safer Than You Think

A Brookings Institution study reveals that crime rates in major cities have risen, but downtown districts account for a negligible part of the growth.

April 12, 2023 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Protesters with signs in Atlanta after Tyre Nichols murder

Memphis: Crime-fighting Camera Sheds Light on Police Abuse

The irony is unmistakable. Public surveillance cameras, long controversial in the criminal justice community, provided pivotal video footage of the beating of motorist Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers at a traffic stop on January 7.

February 2, 2023 - The New York Times

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Breaking the Bias on Public Transport

How gender-sensitive data collection can make public transit safer for women.

October 20, 2022 - Louise Ribet

Metro Train Station

Activating L.A.’s Transit Stations

Advocates say encouraging community events, vendors, and activity at transit stations can improve public safety without increasing the presence of law enforcement.

September 15, 2022 - Streetsblog Los Angeles


Infrastructure Investment for Public Safety: Lessons from Medellín

A natural experiment in Medellín indicates that infrastructural investments can reduce crime and improve perceptions of public safety.

January 20, 2022 - Streetsblog Chicago

A group of police officers wearing masks during the Covid-19 pandemic gather on a subway platform in New York City.

Police Don't Make Transit Safer, Report Says

TransitCenter's "Safety for All" report provides a counterargument to the "send more police" response to public safety concerns on public transit systems.

July 26, 2021 - Next City

New York Subway

MTA Spending Millions on Cleaning, but Disagreement Over the Need

Deep cleaning of the New York City subway and bus system is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s coronavirus response. But it is costly and time consuming, and the public health benefits are not entirely clear.

August 26, 2020 - Politico

New York Subway

How New York City Subways Prevent Viral Spread, Illustrated

Detailed animations of ventilation systems in New York City subway cars provide transit riders with a better understanding of the possibility of community spread in subway cars.

August 18, 2020 - New York Times

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Floridians File Lawsuit to Protect Jacksonville from the GOP

A public nuisance lawsuit filed July 8 aims to ensure that an unsafe indoor mass gathering like President Trump held in Tulsa last month, which reportedly led to coronavirus infections, does not occur during the Republican National Convention.

July 13, 2020 - WJCT News

Brooklyn, New York City

Tactical Urbanism Gurus Rethink Equity

Mike Lydon and Tony Garcia wrote the book on Tactical Urbanism, and as leading consultants of the practice in cities around the country, they have faced criticism in recent weeks and months for a lack of attention to matters of equity.

July 7, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

TriMet Portland

TriMet to Redirect Funding for Transit Police

A new approach to public safety is in the works in Portland.

June 23, 2020 - TriMet

Bike Cops

Vision Zero...Without the Enforcement

As a leading bicycle advocacy organization withdraws support for police enforcement of Vision Zero plans, the discretionary practices of traffic enforcement come under rejuvenated scrutiny.

June 11, 2020 - Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia


Religion in the Pandemic: First Amendment vs. Public Health and Safety

Conflicts between church and state are being decided in state and federal courts as governors act to protect their constituents from the coronavirus while religious institutions and their supporters seek exceptions from social gathering restrictions.

May 24, 2020 - The Oregonian

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